Sting's wife Trudie Styler says she is no "monstrous tyrant" and is charging that the court settlement by a former employee against her is a "deeply personal attack". A tribunal jury in London ruled last week that Trudie and Sting had broken employment laws by firing their chef Jane Martin because she became pregnant and will have to pay a hefty settlement.
The chef told the jury how she continued working 14-hour days despite being 8 months pregnant, before being abruptly sacked from her £28,000-a-year job which she had had for 8 years.
The tribunal heard how Trudie allegedly liked to be treated in a "royal manner". For example, once during her final trimester, Jane said she was ordered to travel from the couple's 800-acre estate near Salisbury to their London home overlooking St James' Park just to make soup and salad for Trudie.
Another time she made the same arduous journey to prepare a bowl of pasta for their children's supper.
Trudie described the ruling as a "terrible decision" and "extraordinary travesty". She said: "It read as I was this lofty presence, given to grandiose pretension and unthinkingly lavish gestures."
A hearing to decide the payment to Miss Martin, which is unlimited in sex discrimination cases, will now be held on June 8.